Hyundai has been in the business of making cars for a while now. Its foray into the luxury segment wasn’t as successful as the Korean marque had hoped. The Hyundai Genesis sedan wasn’t a bad idea, but having “Hyundai” in its name took away the premium feel—a requisite in that price range. However, Hyundai is quick to admit mistakes and learn from them. Lo and behold, Genesis is now a standalone brand, a strategy Hyundai should’ve implemented when it launched the sedan in 2008.
Genesis has come a long way since its inception. From being a wannabe luxury marque to a proper premium brand, Hyundai’s subsidiary has done its part in creating quite an impact. The premium GV80 has been garnering a lot of attention since its reveal. A lot of what we know about the brand has seen a revision, and Genesis is now a proper contender to the German-trio.
The new GV70, on the other hand, undercuts the premium GV80 as the entry-level Genesis SUV. While they don’t ooze the finesse of a three-pointed star, there’s no doubting their ability to woo potential buyers with fancy technology and attractive styling.
In this article, we’ll be pitting the Genesis siblings against each other to find out which one's the better pick.
2022 Genesis GV70 Vs GV80: Identical Engine Specs
If you’re wondering about engines, both the GV70 and GV80 have identical powerplants. The range kicks off with the base 2.5L four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the 3.5L V6 will get you 375 horsepower with 391 lb-ft of torque. Both engines get an 8-speed automatic with standard rear-wheel-drive (GV80) and all-wheel-drive (GV70). Yep, the entry-level SUV has standard AWD.
When it comes to performance, there isn’t a huge difference between the two. Of course, you’ll notice the GV70 being nimbler courtesy of its lighter architecture. The bulky seven-seater GV80 (optional) is wallowy around corners. However, it’s not a deal-breaker, considering you’re not buying it for lap times.
The overall chassis response is a letdown. Mercs, Audis, and BMWs have been pioneering a fine balance between performance and luxury. By the looks of things, Genesis still has room for improvement. But for a fairly new company, whatever they’ve done is quite an achievement.
2022 Genesis GV70 Vs GV80: Striking Exterior Design Paired With Quality Interiors
Styling remains relatively similar in both GV70 and GV80. Both cars feature a symmetrical design, meaning the rear mimics the front. As you can tell, the front headlamps, side blinkers, and rear taillamps together form a unique design theme that’s unmistakably Genesis.
The GV80 gets a larger stance, profile, and a higher riding height, while the GV70 offers you a lowered but still bold and luxurious profile. As standard, the GV70 gets 18-inch rims (19” on the GV80), but 21s are optional (22” on the GV80) once you climb up the trim ladder.
Genesis has done their homework in the interior department, as the level of luxury on offer is hard to fault. Everything you touch and feel is of high-quality materials, and the level of dedication it took is praise-worthy. Seats in both GV70 and GV80 are plush and offer all sorts of adjustability that are common to vehicles of this price point.
On the inside, you’ll find a knurled gear selector made of glass, which looks spot-on and feels very posh. Adding to that is the industry-first fingerprint reader located on the dash that can be used in place of a key. As for the infotainment, you get a 14.5-inch display operated via a rotary knob or touch. However, we recommend the latter, as the rotary dial isn't very intuitive. On the plus side, you get top-level safety, the platinum-grade stuff that saved Tiger Woods from his rollover accident.
2022 Genesis GV70 Vs GV80: Let’s Talk Price
This is perhaps where both cars have a significant difference. Base Genesis GV70 starts from $41,000 while the V6 retails at $53,045; the top-spec Sport Prestige model is quite an expensive prospect at $63,545. However, comparable X3 M40i and AMG GLC43 models can top $70,000 with all the options.
The GV80 starts out at $54,650, while the top-spec Signature trim will set you upwards of $77,000. However, there are upgrades like second-row captain’s chairs and an exclusive matte paint finish. Genesis has done an excellent job at pricing the GV80, considering an entry-level X5 is in the ballpark of $61,000. With the GV80, however, you get more kit at a fair discount.
If you compare GV70 and GV80, the final verdict boils down to your preference. If you’re looking for a fairly competitive SUV with smaller proportions, the GV70 is the one to have. On the other hand, if you require a more spacious offering, the GV80 in its base spec should suffice. Bear in mind the GV80 is selling at a significant premium over the GV70, and the latter isn’t lacking in terms of available kit. Overall, we’d side with the GV70 on the account of how much value it offers.
Sources: Genesis, Motortrend, Car and Driver, YouTube